How to uninstall Mixed Reality Portal from Windows 10

Windows 10, starting with update 1703 Creators Update has a new Mixed Reality feature and the Mixed Reality Portal app to work with virtual or augmented reality. The use and configuration of these functions are only available if you have the appropriate hardware and your computer or laptop meets the required specifications.

Most of the users currently cannot or do not see the need to use Mixed Reality and therefore look for a way to remove the Mixed Reality Portal and in some cases (if supported) the Mixed Reality item in the settings Windows 10. This tutorial will tell you how.

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Mixed reality in Windows 10 settings

The ability to remove Mixed Reality settings in Windows 10 is offered by default, but is only available on computers and laptops that meet the requirements for virtual reality.

If you want, you can enable the Mixed Reality setting to display on all other computers and laptops.

This will require modifying your registry settings so that Windows 10 considers your current device to meet the minimum system requirements as well.

The steps will be the following:

  1. Run the registry editor (press Win + R and type regedit)
  2. Navigate to the registration section HKEY_CURRENT_USERNSoftwareNMicrosoftWindowsNCurrentVersionNHolographic
  3. In this section, you will see a parameter called FirstRunSucceeded - Double click on the name of the parameter and set it to 1 (by changing the parameter, we enable the display of the Mixed Reality parameters, including the possibility of deleting).

After changing the value of the parameter, close the registry editor and go to settings - you will see that there is a new item "Mixed Reality" there.

The way to remove the Mixed Reality settings is as follows:

  1. Go to Settings (Win + I keys) and open the Mixed Reality item that appears there after editing the registry.
  2. On the left, select "Delete" and click the "Delete" button.
  3. Confirm the uninstallation of Mixed Reality and restart your computer.

After restarting Windows 10, the Mixed Reality item will disappear from the settings.

How to remove Mixed Reality Portal from the start menu

Unfortunately, there is no working way to remove Mixed Reality Portal in Windows 10 from the list of apps without affecting the rest of the apps. But there are ways to do it:

  • Remove all Windows 10 Store apps and embedded UWP apps from the menu (only classic desktop apps will remain, including embedded ones).
  • Make it impossible to launch the Mixed Reality Portal.

I cannot recommend the first method, especially if you are a novice user, but I will describe the procedure anyway. Important: Pay attention to the side effects of this method, which are also described below.

  1. Create a restore point (can be useful if you are not satisfied with the result). See Windows 10 Restore Points.
  2. Open Notepad (just type "Notepad" in taskbar search) and paste the following code
@net.exe session >nul 2>&1 @if ErrorLevel 1 (echo "Запустите от администратора" & pause && exit) sc stop tiledatamodelsvc move /y %USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalTileDataLayer %USERPROFILE%AppDataLocalTileDataLayer.old
  1. From the Notepad menu, select File - Save As, select All Files in the Files of Type field, and save the file with a .cmd extension
  2. Run the saved cmd file as administrator (you can use context menu).

As a result, the Mixed Reality Portal, all store app shortcuts, as well as app tiles will disappear from the Windows 10 Start menu (and cannot be added there).

Side effects: the preferences button will not work (but can be accessed via the Start button context menu), as well as the taskbar search (the search itself will work, but will not be able to be launched from it ).

The second option is pretty useless, but it can be useful to someone:

  1. Go to folder C: Windows System Apps
  2. Rename the folder Microsoft.Windows.HolographicFirstRun_cw5n1h2txyewy (I recommend simply adding a few characters or the extension .old - so that you can easily return the original folder name).

Afterwards, although the Mixed Reality Portal will remain on the menu, it will not be possible to launch it from there.

If there are easier ways to remove the Mixed Reality Portal that affect only this app in the future, I'll be sure to add a guide.